Exodus

Exodus 23 ©

1Laws concerning slander, false witness, and partial favouring of the poor; 4charitableness; 6justice in judgment; 8taking bribes; 9oppressing a stranger; 10the year of rest; 12the sabbath. 13A caution against idolatry. 14Laws concerning the three set feasts; 18the blood and fat of the sacrifice; and the firstfruits. 20An Angel is promised for a guide, with a blessing, if they obey him.

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THOU ashalt not 1raise a false report: bput not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

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¶Thou cshalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou 2speak in a cause to *decline after many to *wrest judgment:

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¶Neither shalt thou dcountenance a poor man in his cause.

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¶If thou emeet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

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fIf thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, 3and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.

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Thou shalt not g*wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

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hKeep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for iI will not justify the wicked.

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¶And jthou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth 4the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

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¶Also kthou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the 5heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

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And lsix years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:

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But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy 6oliveyard.

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mSix days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

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And in all things that I have said unto you be ncircumspect: and omake no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

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pThree times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

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qThou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: rand none shall appear before me empty:)

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And the sfeast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the tfeast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

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Three times in the year all uthy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

u De. 12.5-7; 16.16. ch. 34.23,24. v.14.
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Thou vshalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my 7sacrifice wremain until the morning.

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xThe first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. yThou shalt not *seethe a kid in his mother's milk.

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zBehold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the aplace which I have prepared.

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Beware bof him, and obey his voice, cprovoke him not; for he will not dpardon your transgressions: for my ename is in him.

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But if thou shalt indeed fobey his voice, and do all that I speak; then gI will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and 8an adversary unto thine adversaries.

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hFor mine Angel shall go before thee, and ibring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.

i ch. 13.5.
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Thou jshalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: kbut thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down ltheir images.

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And mye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

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¶There nshall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: othe number of thy days I will fulfil.

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I will send my pfear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their 9backs unto thee.

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And qI will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.

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I will rnot drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.

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By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.

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And sI will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will tdeliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

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Thou ushalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

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They vshall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.